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"You Have The Right to Remain Fat" by Virgie Tovar
We are officially crossing off 'losing weight' off our 2020 resolution list because Virgie Torvar says so.
Tovar is an author, activist and one of the leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She founded Babecamp, started the #LoseHateNotWeight campaign, and has has been featured by the New York Times, Al Jazeera, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, MTV,the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and BUST.
In this book, Tovar does not pull any punches as she dissects society's prejudices against the plus-sized, as well as the general emphasis on weight loss and dieting as the only viable alternatives for plus-sized women. Tovar addresses the fact that there is an entire industry whose bread and butter is invalidating the bodies of fat women in order to push the many, many products of the industry. The weight loss and dieting industry benefits most from the negative self-image that is taught to women by society.
In this 120-page book, Tovar facilitates the unlearning of hate that is so ingrained in our culture that it often goes unaddressed. She tackles fatphobia boldly, making allusions to the societal oppression of people based on their ethnicity, race and class. Tovar talks about the shame that society evokes from fat people. In the end, this shame affects those people whether they realise it or not. This conditioning that seems so inherent, is what Tovar argues adamantly against over the 12 chapters of the book. There are many revelations to be gleaned from it, and it is one of the best books on fatphobia and fat activism that we have read. Tovar is an activist whose opinions are bold and go straight to the heart of issues. The excerpt of her book below proves it.
"I used to believe that I was afraid of food and of being fat, but now I know that the fear was of a deeply troubled culture that would not allow me to thrive. A culture that was, in fact, invested in my degradation. We all deserve to live a life that our wider culture will never grant you. The key to that life is the unbridling of our desire. This culture teaches us to extinguish that desire the moment we are taught that women shouldn't be fat. I say, you have the right to remain fat."
This amazing woman, Virgie Torvar, wants a world where bodies are valued equally, and so do we. An interesting to start the year. Get a copy here.
Submitted by: Kelechi
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